The Afghan Whigs

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Ultrasuede 001, released 1988

This has long been the crown jewel of Afghan Whigs vinyl collecting. The band's first album, self-released on Ultrasuede in 1988. Limited to 1000 copies. The band wishes there were fewer. Personally, I don't know why they are all so down on this album. Sure, there are some tracks that miss the mark and the musical style changes somewhat dramatically from one song to the next. There are some really good songs on there, though. Just my opinion. This one has been expensive for a very long time, but remarkably, did not appreciate in value much between the end of the '90s and 2010. After 2010, the price started to creep up, and then, it skyrocketed for a while before stabilizing around $225-250. It has been sold at fairly regular intervals, though, so if you are willing to pay for one, you shouldn't have to wait long.

Version Value ($) Scarcity Price Trending
Ultrasuede 001 225-275 6 Stable
Credits:  Matt Mona: vinyl and insert images.
Recent Sales Data:

Year Sold Quantity Median Price ($) Platform
2021 6 250 Discogs, eBay
2020 5 270 Discogs, eBay
2019 11 223 Discogs, eBay

This page was last updated on January 31, 2022.

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Scarcity Score Definition
10 Near impossible: Fewer than 50 copies or publicly sold every few years
8-9 Very rare: 50-199 copies or publicly sold 1-2 times per year
6-7 Rare: 200-499 copies or publicly sold a few times a year
4-5 Medium: 500-999 copies or publicly sold ~10 times a year
1-3 Common: 1000+ copies, readily available, or publicly sold 20+ times a year

Estimated values are based on recent auction results or online sales.